When Daniel and Tirzah Hawkins tied the knot, they bore more than typical wedding-day jitters—combined, the couple carried more than 100 pounds of extra weight. Today, the pair of certified personal trainers have shed the extra pounds, but they remember their deeply personal struggles on the road to fitness. That’s why they established Where to Start, a haven for the out of shape and overwhelmed. Personal training, group fitness classes, and gym memberships jump-start workout routines and get clients moving, boosting health and overall wellness.
Courtsports revitalizes fleshy chassis with a bevy of stress-busting services and invigorating exercise programs. Multifarious one-hour massages enable achy patrons to safely release their inner tensions. Available massage modalities include Swedish, deep-tissue, shallow paper towel, sports, and more. For the untense, a range of regular group classes, such as Pilates, yoga, and Yogalates, help fitness fanatics mold their bodies into more acceptable shapes. Cardio junkies can crush calories during a kickboxing or cycling class or shed extra pounds while engaged in exciting cardio rhythm or tai chi classes. Click here to view Courtsports' full class schedule.
World Gym maintains its legacy of body-sculpting know-how by jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and weekly exercise classes, including yoga, spin, and Zumba, taught by certified trainers. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles.
At Crux Rock Climbing Gym, more than 9,000 square feet of climbing walls challenge guests as they tackle roofs, overhangs, and bouldering caves. Roped climbers are secured with auto-locking belay devices called grigris, allowing them to safely explore Crux’s many routes knowing their ropes are in extra-good hands. Climbs range from simple, juggy routes with easy-to-grasp holds to complex ascents that may require careful footwork or the flying leap of a dyno. Following a workout on Crux’s towering walls or in one of its three bouldering areas, visitors can dig into Hawaiian, Polynesian, and Asian cuisine at Ron's Island Grill, the gym's onsite restaurant. The gym also hosts summer camps, parties, and nights for female climbers only.
At Sweaty Ganesh Yoga studio, yoga serves as a transformative journey for every person who enters. All students, no matter their experience or skill level, are recognized for their current ability and empowered to test limitations of strength and flexibility. Along with beginners’ hot yoga classes, held throughout the week, the studio also holds classes for kids 6–12. Workshops help students perfect bow poses, backward bends, forward folds, and stretching postures. The fundamental approach teaches strength and flexibility while the postures test balance.
Led by founder Sandy Adler, certified Anusara instructor, Freedom Yoga's instructors lead classes throughout the week for both beginners and more advanced students. Instructors tap into their experience, skill, and dedication to help students develop a safe and meaningful yoga practice, searching within themselves and their pupils to align spiritual centers, increase strength, and boost flexibility. Rather than using intense exercises or giant marionette strings to affect the mind and body from the outside, Anusara's poses originate from within the body, using deliberate breath and movement as a form of meditation to hone the mind while helping the body increase its strength and balance.
After suffering from a back injury, former dancer and athletic fitness guru Elise Moore discovered Pilates during her rehabilitation. Her love for the exercise form continued to flourish even after she felt better, inspiring her to open her own studio where she could put her Pilates certification and 20-plus years in the fitness industry to good use leading group mat and reformer classes.